This blog is intended to document my journey into the world of handmade artisan lampwork beads.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Guilty Pleasure

I always feel guilty making a piece of jewelry just for me. I probably should do it more often due to the marketing possibilities. Today I made a necklace and earrings just for me. I bought the copper components about a year and half ago. I bought them at the best bead show that I have ever been to in Portland. They have never been put away, they have just sat on my bench with a lot of others waiting for just the right time and idea. I have no idea what prompted me to finally make something out of them. Then designing the piece I felt guilty because there wasn't any beads in the design originally. Well then I started digging through the spacer bowl and low and behold there were two etched spacers that matched perfectly. That is the beauty of being able to make beads yourself and have an abundance of them everywhere. One of the main reasons I got interested in lampworked beads. And believe it or not, I got the design half done and realized, what earrings would I wear with this piece. So I changed it a bit and dug out two more matching spacers that I had to etch, for the earrings. I had the copper chain in my limited amount of chain on hand, and tumbled it to lighten it and then took my butane torch to it to give it some different colors. Since it is Valentines Day tomorrow, I think I will wear it. It amazingly matches a sweater that I do not wear very often, so that is a good thing. What do you think?I also completed several orders this weekend. Several Cat Paw earrings and a pair of cupcake earrings. I also worked on a display idea for the cake testers for my next show.


  1. Love the necklace! Happy Valentines Day!

  2. I'm the same way -- I don't often make jewelry for myself. I wear a lot of jewelry that OTHER people have made, and then it comes to a craft show and I'm scrambling to find something *I* made that goes with the clothes I plan to wear!

  3. They are both lovely but the necklace is very special, I love the contouring of the hearts and the patina is gorgeous. I think you could make more and sell them or are they too labour intensive? Jenni